Archive for September, 2014

18th- 24th september

Posted: 25/09/2014 in Uncategorized

scott’s scrolls and roses are done 🙂

Joe still has a long way to go! we made a start on the shading, but this dragon will be full colour, so that certainly takes quite a bit longer than black and grey

Alistair’s dragon is a cover up, another bulldog and union jack tattoo bites the dust…

wee Angie’s koi didn’t have any colour for the longest time, glad we finally sorted that!

Robbie’s iris and kingfisher piece is getting there, just one more short session.

Robbie’s email is ‘robbiethedentist’. For some reason I imagined him to be some sort of hardman, you know, someone who ‘rearranges your teeth for you’, but  it turns out that Robbie is, in fact, a dentist. There you have it, i’ve probably watched too many gangster movies

Chris (‘the officer’) is working on his samurai, dragon and geisha piece, we bashed on today and got the two basic figures in, but there is more detail to go, and there will be red accents throughout


12th – 17th september

Posted: 19/09/2014 in Uncategorized

a few years ago I did a cartoony, alien landscape for Andy, and today we added a couple of inches onto the bottom of it, so that it can peek out of a tshirt sleeve occasionally

Billy is getting a water sleeve, which is freezing over at the bottom, the ice will be done next time

and marilyn ‘s flower backpiece is done, we added the finishing touches to the sweet peas on her buttock today. next will be long stemmed flowers on her leg 🙂

working on brad’s leg, we started on the crowd behind Lenin, there will be more detail and some red flags waving, and a sky with planes flying above

darrell’s backpiece is coming together, we are working on the background, the horizon with the trees and the red sky, fading into pink

Brian’s sleeve is finished! it’s a mostly soft black and grey piece, with only the cherry blossoms adding an accent of colour

Alistair is in for his first ever piece, a dragon and koi sleeve…go big or go home haha!

I nearly forgot to take photos, excuse the dressing

i did a couple of pieces in Glasgow, but forgot my camera, i used the ipad’s camera, but as you can see- they are pretty poor quality

this is a cover up with red roses

5th – 10th september

Posted: 11/09/2014 in Uncategorized

another session on Rick’s sleeve, today we got some colour in the autumn leaves, next time we will do the theater masks, and we are getting there!

Simon has big plans for a piece that goes over the back and onto both upper arms, incorporating a few existing pieces as we go along. There are a ton of ideas floating around in Simon’s head, if we manage to find space for half of them, i think we are doing alright! 🙂

today we started with roses and scrolls, the roses will be in reds

We finished carlo’s sleeve! It’s been a collaboration with Raffi, 9sort of) I added my piece  onto hers, even though our styles couldn’t be more different. I continued the flow that Raffi had started with her Polynesian piece, and as there is an abstract dolphin in hers, we went for a water theme.

we had done everything, but left a gap for something- something that took a while to decide upon. In the end we went full circle and went with the original idea of a buddha head. I think the black and grey of it picks up the black in raffi’s piece well, and I’m pleased with how the whole thing turned out!

Alex just had a short session, but we managed to get some basic shading into his stag’s head. the antlers coming onto the shoulder was Alex’ s idea, and i love it

Another piece with scroll work, Matthew was after a sleeve with the central motif of the passing of time. He fancied skulls, and a mexican day of the dead lady, with lots of  3d scrolls tying them all together. There will be a pocket watch and a winged hour glass, too, we have left gaps for these.

And if you are wondering where the day of the dead lady is, the is there, but she hasn’t got her make up on yet! that will happen next time.

Danny’s phoenix is taking shape

Robbie is getting a large iris plant on his back, with  wee kingfisher bird perched on one of the leaves. We didn’t get round to doing the bird, that’s for next time, along with finishing the colours. The other iris will be purple

And by coincidence, Christie was also in for flowers and a kingfisher on her back (there! those strange clusters of designs that keep happening!)

hers is black and grey for now, but will have a bit of colour added, more like splashes of water colour rather than a bright piece



2nd + 3rd september

Posted: 04/09/2014 in Uncategorized

I’m back 🙂

I’ve had a lovely month off, did some edinburgh festival stuff, visited family, went camping and generally had a lot of fun. I’ve never taken a month off before, so this was a bit of an experiment- taking all my holidays at once- but i certainly didn’t get bored!

The last weekend of my holidays my mind turned back to work stuff, and i found myself wondering if i was still up for it- long days! Tight schedules! responsibilities! But of course i was completely fine and enjoyed myself as soon as i was back. I can see how having a long break can mess with you, though, you start doubting yourself…

First smiling face through the door was Simon, we had started a phoenix sleeve last time, and worked on the background today. We will be bringing the piece up and around the tribal at the top at a later stage, we just want to see the colour ina nd judge how far it should go over the shoulder once it’s a bit more complete.

the colours will be more muted yellows, oranges and browns, with some pale blues as accents

next in was Ross, last time i started the geisha but forgot to take a photo, so here’s one now, and we’ve added some clouds and flowers. This piece will be mostly black and grey

and i finished David’s tiger and samurai piece, david had decided on a colour for his tiger- blue! Why not 🙂

very sorry about these photos. terrible.

and i finished david’s phoenix, considering this was originally going to be a mostly black and grey piece, we managed to get some serious colours in there! A change of plan is always a possibility with projects like this, and that’s just fine. it’s an organic process..